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A Guide to Lowering Holiday Stress

Written by: Cheryl Meyer, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

The holidays are the best of times and the worst of times. Our tidings of comfort and joy can so easily be devoured by the insatiable stress to do it all, be it all, and buy it all.

And that stress is nothing to ho, ho, ho about, either. It increases your risk of illness and even death. One study suggested holiday stress and overindulgence help explain the soaring rate of fatal heart attacks in December and January. Yet it is possible to survive the holiday frenzy without feeling frantic -- if you know how.

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will keep your stress at bay for the holiday season.

Stress often gets much more intense in the season of holiday joy and goodwill.

Planning now around the holiday triggers for stress will make for a much more enjoyable season. The key is to plan now to minimize the stress level as much as possible.

These are some of the pitfalls of the season, with suggestions to minimize the stress.

1. Make a plan

Creating an action plan can help to relieve stress. Write down all of the things you need to do to prioritize the most important things. You will also be less likely to forget something if you have a list. If you have a list for holiday shopping, you will also tend to spend less if you stick to the plan.

2. Practice Self Care